LIVE: Joe Boyd & Robyn Hitchcock @ MASS MoCA, 3/12/11

March 22nd, 2011, 2:00 pm by Greg
Joe Boyd and Robyn Hitchcock

Joe Boyd and Robyn Hitchcock

“I guess one of the reasons I ended up here talking to you is that 15 to 20 years ago, people started asking me about the ‘60s. It’s one of the things I still don’t tire of people asking me about because I like puncturing illusions,” said Joe Boyd at MASS MoCA during the “Robyn Hitchcock & Joe Boyd – Live & Direct From 1967” tour.

Boyd read passages from his 2006 memoir “White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s” and shared anecdotes from pivotal moments during his trans-Atlantic music career, when he started out working for the Newport Jazz and Folk festivals and ended up nurturing groundbreaking work by Nick Drake, Fairport Convention, the Incredible String Band and many others.

Songwriter Robyn Hitchcock, looking suitably psychedelic in purple pants and glasses, matched each Boyd vignette with a corresponding song, all covers. It wasn’t so much a recitation of Boyd’s greatest hits as a producer as it was a recreation of moments from 1965 to 1970 that had a profound influence on Boyd but also changed the trajectory of music.

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Joe Boyd, What Do You Listen to When You Clean the House?

March 9th, 2011, 10:00 am by Greg

Joe Boyd

“I am in the middle of one of the most satisfyingly eccentric rituals of my entire life. A few years ago, I decided to refile my 5,000 albums, so I jumbled them all up. I have a divider, and I count 13 from that and I pull out whatever is there and I listen to it; then I refile it in the new system.

After five years in my new flat, I’m about halfway through my collection. It could be Nigerian drumming followed by Bela Bartok followed by Louis Armstrong followed by Leonard Cohen, I never know.”

At 8pm on Saturday, MASS MoCA in North Adams hosts “Chinese White Bicycles,” an evening with uber record producer Joe Boyd and singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock. Boyd will read from his book, “White Bicycles” – about his life behind the scenes in the music business – accompanied by the music of Hitchcock. Tix are $18 in advance; $22 at the door; $28 priority.

Robyn Hitchcock, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

March 7th, 2011, 12:17 pm by Greg
Robyn Hitchcock

Robyn Hitchcock

“The first album I bought was probably ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ by Bob Dylan, and I would still put that at the top of the list of my all-time favorite records. I still love that album.

Other things like Country Joe & the Fish or the Incredible String Band just didn’t last. They didn’t stand the test of time. They sound like period pieces.”

Singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock will team up with producer Joe Boyd for an evening dubbed “Chinese White Bicycles” at MASS MoCA in North Adams at 8pm on Saturday. Boyd will read from his excellent memoir “White Bicycles: Making Music in the Sixties,” while Hitchcock will play songs that accompany the reading, including presumably, the Incredible String Band… Tix are $18 in advance; $22 at the door; priority tix $28.

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